Tucson is in Pima County, Arizona. It is located 118 miles SE of Phoenix and 60 miles north of Mexico. Census estimates put the city's population at over 500,000 and the metropolitan population over 900,000. Tucson recently ranked as the 32nd-largest city in the country. It is the largest city in southern Arizona and the 3rd largest in the state after Phoenix and Mesa.
Major suburbs of Tucson include Oro Valley and Marana northwest of the city, South Tucson, and Sahuarita. Communities in the vicinity of Tucson include Casas Adobes, Catalina, Green Valley, Marana, Catalina Foothills, Flowing Wells, Tanque Verde, New Pascua, and Vail.
The name Tucson originates via Spanish words meaning Black Base, a reference to the mostly volcanic mountains on the west side of town. The most notable of these mountains is Sentinel Peak, better known as 'A' mountain because it hosts a large letter 'A' honoring the University of Arizona which is situated in west central Tucson. Tucson is often referred to as 'The Old Pueblo.'
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